Detailed Plans for the St. George Temple Closure & Renderings
We’ve known for a while now that the “pioneer temples” would soon be closed for major renovations. And today at a special news conference at its visitors’ center, detailed plans for the St. George Utah Temple were announced!
The St. George Temple will close on November 4, 2019, for extensive structural, mechanical, electrical, plumbing and finish work. These renovations will take place both inside and out. The renovations are expected to last for about three years, and be completed some time in 2022. Following a public open house, the temple will be rededicated.
“This is one of the beautiful, premier temples in the Church,” said Brent Roberts, managing director of the Church’s Special Projects Department. “Latter-day Saints have worshipped here for almost 150 years. However, the building has worn out over time, and it is once again time for us to refresh and strengthen this historic structure for future generations to enjoy.”
Also released were beautiful interior and exterior artist renderings and site plans. As you’ll see below, there will be a number of extensive changes to the entire temple block, which will be improved with new walkways, landscaping, water features and additional shade trees. A new baptistry entrance and exit will be added on the south side of the temple, and a new brides’ exit and plaza will be added to the east side of the annex.
The upper portion of the existing annex will be replaced with a wonderful design that complements the main historic structure. Additionally, limited seismic upgrades will be made by adding steel to the temple’s original wood trusses. Some excavation around the temple’s foundation will also be required to install new mechanical heating and cooling systems.
“This renovation will be carried out with the finest materials and workmanship available,” said Andy Kirby, director of historic temple renovations. “The finished product will become a cherished part of the community and further add to the rich history of this magnificent temple in southern Utah.”
During the renovation, patrons are invited to attend other nearby temples in Cedar City and Las Vegas.
“These [other nearby] temples are working to prepare to serve additional patrons during the closure and renovation of the St. George Utah Temple,” said Michael Suhaka, managing director of the Church’s Temple Department. “We will do all we can to accommodate and welcome those who desire to worship in the house of the Lord.”
During the renovations, some public access will be restricted in areas around the temple block, and some sidewalks will be closed. Additionally, some roads will be temporarily closed for utility construction. The Temple Visitors’ Center will remain open during construction, but there will be no access to the temple site during that time. The annual Christmas light display will not take place during construction.
Below are the wonderful renderings that were release this morning! Images courtesy of Mormon Newsroom.